Week 1: Body - Day 5: Rest/Recovery
After a long week of work, whether that be work at the office or the gym, it is good and necessary that you take a rest day. God after six days of creating took a day to love and honor His good work. Once the body has done the work that the week has called it to do, it is okay to take time to yourself. Many feel that once there is a free day on the calendar it is essential to fill the time with other things; grocery shopping, going out with friends, etc.
“God blessed us with these bodies and we only get one; so take care of it”
Every day requires a time of rest and thanksgiving. Especially after workouts the body needs time to heal it's used muscles; time to rest and form, so the body can be stronger and work harder next time. The body is a gift. We must love and honor the work the body is capable of doing! God blessed us with these bodies and we only get one; so take care of it and allow it the work that needs to be done but also the rest it needs. Remember we are made in the image and likeness and just like Him we must rest it up and give thanks and see what is good.
“We can workout as hard as we want but if we don't put the proper focus on recovery then all the work ends up self-defeating“
All too often we can find ourselves in the mindset of “nose to the grindstone.” While this is good and having a good work ethic is essential, what is just as important and often overlooked is the recovery your body needs in order to keep grinding. We can workout as hard as we want but if we don't put the proper focus on recovery then all the work ends up self-defeating. Without recovery I become prone to injury, drained, and end up making minimal gains if any.
I find that if I am running short on time, that stopping my last lift 5 minutes early to stretch is the far better option than pushing through to “finish” my workout plan.
So I challenge you to embrace recovery, set the time aside, do less if you have to in order to have that time to repair...
In His strength,